Addiction Awareness Programs in the Country
Drug addiction affects not only the individual but also disturbs the entire family as well and results in numerous deaths. Research has shown that there are over three million drug addicts in India, alone. Drug abuse ¡s the use of substances without prescription, in excessive doses for purposes other than medical needs. The common drugs used by drug addicts are cocaine, heroin, lysergic add diethylamide (LSD), barbiturates. mandrax and a variety of opiates.
In order to curb this ever growing menace, many NGOs and the government have come up with various programs. Usted below are a few such awareness program to help addicts.
Drug Addiction Awareness Programs
Kripa Foundation – It is the largest non-government organization in India, affiliated to the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. In Sanskrit the word Kripa means, ‘Grace.’ It works for those afflicted with HIV infection and chemical dependency and covers over 12 states of the country including Maharashtra, Nagaland, Gujarat, Kamataka, Goa, West Bengal, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi and Rajasthan. Knpa Foundation conducts awareness programs and has rehabilitation centres too.
Navjyoti – This organisation collaborates with the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and International Labour Organization, Norway. It has taken up projects like ‘Mobilizing Small Business to Prevent Substance Abuse,’ which ¡s implemented successfully in 12 industries at Noida, in the outskirts of New Delhi. The objective of the organisation is to prevent drug usage at the workplace. Navjyoti has regular awareness programs for dwg and alcohol prevention at Yamuna Pushta, where one of the largest slum areas in Delhi is located. While spreading awareness is one of their major concerns, they also aim to kill the myths and false notions of drug and alcohol addiction.
Society Of Promotion Of Youth And Masses (SPYM) – Established in 1986, this is an organization working for drugs, Hl V-Aids, juveniles and for the socio economic development of the poorest section of society. They work on two projects for drug addiction: drop-in centres and de-addiction cum rehabilitation centres for substance abusers. For the drop-in economic centres they provide quality addiction services like creating awareness about needle exchange, counselling and follow-up visits to drug users, medical services, etc.
Drug Abuse Information Rehabilitation and Research Centre (DAIRRC)
DAIRRC is a registered charitable trust since 1982. It is actively involved in dwg demand reduction strategies. While it manages the rehabilitation centre, it also executes drug prevention campaigns which include slum intervention programs for drug abuse, drug resistance education, drug research in India and drug awareness programs targeted at school children.
Red Cross Society, District Branch, Faridkot
The drug awareness counselling and assistance centre was started in 1992 with grant-in-aid from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. Its main objectives are to create awareness among the public regarding the side effects of drug abuse by organizing various programs like seminars, songs and skits, rallies, camps, exhibitions and educational competitions. Other objectives are to motivate drug abusers towards de-addiction, provide treatment and so on.